Veterinary Technology AAS

The Veterinary Technology AAS degree (AAS_VETT) is offered at LSC-Tomball. For more information, please contact the Veterinary Technology Department.

Program Description

The two-year veterinary technology associate of applied science degree provides the graduate with information, skills and experience he/she will need to follow a fulfilling career in a veterinary hospital, a zoological garden, industry, a medical research laboratory, a governmental regulatory program or the Veterinary Medical Corp.

Gaining its accredited status in 1990, today the veterinary technology program boasts a 99.98% passage rate on the State and National Board Examination. This success rate is unparalleled in the State of Texas and is rated as one of the highest passage percentages of the 204 plus programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Because the veterinary technology program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, students are eligible to take all State and National Board examinations as well as work in all areas of animal health care. An individual spends time in laboratories working with cows, dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, exotics and even the more traditional laboratory animals like mice and rabbits. Upon graduation, the student is free to pursue any type of animal care situation they so desire.

Job opportunities for Licensed Veterinary Technician graduates have never been better. Today there are from 8 to 10 fulfilling and exciting jobs available to each graduate just in the immediate Harris-Montgomery County area. As well as the impressive job market, it should be mentioned that scholarships are also available while the student is enrolled.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. The entire 72 hours of credit in the veterinary technology program will transfer to some traditional four year colleges so students may pursue a four year baccalaureate degree in either animal science or agricultural business. Contact an advisor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

General Guidelines

Any student anticipating entrance into the veterinary technology program should ensure that remediation is not required after admission examinations are completed and have been reviewed. If admission examinations indicate the student is in need of remediation in math, writing or reading, the student must successfully complete those requirements before applying for entry into the veterinary technology program.

Admission Procedure

In addition to the admission requirements of the LSCS, the following are requirements for admission into the veterinary technology associate of applied science degree program:

ACT scores of:
Math 24+
Writing 19+
Reading 19+
College Math TSI met (if within 5 yrs)

SAT scores of:
Math 520+
Writing 500+
Reading 500

THEA scores of:
Math 270+
Writing 220+
Reading 230+

ASSET scores of:
Math IA 45+ or CA 23+
Writing 45+ and 6 essay or 7+ essay
Reading 41+

COMPASS scores of:
Math Alg 60+ or
College Algebra 0-40
Writing 85+ and 6 essay or 7+ essay
Reading 81+

ACCU-PLACER scores of:
Math 86+ Writing 80+
Reading 78+

Students should submit a Lone Star College application along with current (official) college transcripts to the admissions department at LSC-Tomball. After visiting with an advisor, the student should submit a separate application to the veterinary technology program with duplicate of college transcript.

Note: The application to the veterinary technology program should be co-signed by LSC-Tomball advisor during the student’s visit in the admissions department. Go to LoneStar.edu/veterinary-technology-depttomball for the veterinary technology admissions application.

Program applications are reviewed and evaluated for fall admission on June 1 of each year. All applicants will be notified of their status following applicant review date. Students may be notified by letter. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all personal information on the application is current.

When admitted to the veterinary technology program, the student should ensure that non-veterinary technology courses (math, English, etc.) are never scheduled between 7:30 AM and 8:50 AM Monday through Friday, or 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Saturday. This time is reserved for all animal clinical laboratories at LSC-Tomball.

The veterinary technology program will have an information session at the end of June each year. Students that have received admission notifications are required to attend as important information on rules and program requirements will be covered in detail by the program faculty and staff. Questions will be welcomed.

Students receiving admission to the Veterinary Technology program should be aware that books, supplies, and special clothing will be required and should be purchased within the first week of each semester the student is enrolled in the program.

Progression Requirements

There are specific progression requirements for the veterinary technology program. However, VTHT 1345, VTHT 2323, VTHT 2431, VTHT 1441, VTHT 1140 and VTHT 2360 should be completed within one calendar year prior to graduation. VTHT 1205, 1413, and 2360 are offered more than once yearly. All other VTHT courses are only offered in the semester indicated in the AAS outline.

Registration Examination

Students in veterinary technology at LSCS are considered eligible to sit for the State and National Veterinary Technology Board Examinations when they have completed all required coursework and have received their AAS degree in veterinary technology from LSC-Tomball.

Contact Kathleen Diamond, LVT, at 281.351.3358 or kathleen.j.diamond@LoneStar.edu or Joyce E. Brod, LVT at 281-357-3714, joyce.e.brod@lonestar. edu for more information.Web site: http://tomball. LoneStar.edu/vettech

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
VTHT 1301 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
BIOL 1406 Biology I for Science Majors 4
VTHT 1205 Veterinary Medical Terminology 2
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
VTHT 2217 Exotic Animal Clinical Management 2
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

17

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
CHEM 1405 Introductory Chemistry 4
ENGL 1302 Composition and Rhetoric II 3
VTHT 1209 Veterinary Nutrition 2
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport OR 1
    Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course  
VTHT 1413 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology 4
VTHT1 2209 Food Animal Clinical Management 2

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

16

Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
VTHT 1125 Pharmacological Calculations 1
VTHT 1166 Practicum Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician 1
VTHT 2421 Veterinary Parasitology 4
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:

9

Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
VTHT1 2205 Equine Clinical Management 2
VTHT 2201 Canine & Feline Clinical Management 2
VTHT 2323 Veterinary Clinical Pathology I 3
VTHT 2213 Lab Animal Clinical Management 2
VTHT 1349 Veterinary Pharmacology 3
Elective   Humanities/Fine Arts 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

15

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
VTHT2 1441 Anesthesia & Surgical Assistance 4
VTHT 2431 Veterinary Clinical Pathology II 4
VTHT 1345 Veterinary Radiology 3
VTHT 1140 Veterinary Jurisprudence and Ethics 1
VTHT* 2360 Clinical 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

15

 

Total Credits

TOTAL Credit Hours for Veterinary Technology AAS Degree:

72

  1. Combination of courses meets communication competency
  2. Capstone course

*Note: students should not register for VTHT or any other classes from Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m., or 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Saturday.  These times must be left open for clinical rotation.

VTHT 1125 (Distance Learning available)

VTHT 1345, 2323, 2431, 1140, 1441 and 2360 should be completed within one calendar year prior to graduation. VTHT 1205, 1413 and 2360 are offered more than once a year. All other VTHT courses are offered only in the semester indicated in the AAS outline.

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